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CROCKER, Jeanne LaCroix 89, died peacefully at home on September 24 surrounded by her family. Jeanne was born in Swampscott, Massachusetts, the third of five children of Morris Felton LaCroix and Esther Humphrey Paine. After graduating from Beaver Country Day School and Smith College in 1945, Jeanne married the love of her life, Bigelow Crocker, Jr. She and Big raised a loving family of five in Lunenburg, MA. She was a pioneering woman who served as a director and trustee of many leadership boards at the local and state level and volunteered for several organizations in the Fitchburg and Lunenburg area including Applewild School, the Fitchburg Art Museum, the Fitchburg Historical Society, Burbank Hospital, The United Parish, Lawrence Academy and the North County Land Trust. Jeannes lifelong passion revolved around scholarship and diversity. Her commitment to issues of social justice and improving educational opportunities for all were fueled by her belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to try and succeed. Jeanne was an unending source of faith in humanity and hope for the future. She was a welcoming, gracious, self-effacing person and she affected many lives. Jay enjoyed many years with her family on the ocean and in the mountains. She was an avid outdoors woman who enjoyed tennis, fly fishing, sailing and skiing. She loved to tend to her gardens and attending Friday afternoon symphony concerts with her dear sisters were a great source of joy. She was a loyal supporter of her schools and cherished the relationships that she sustained with her school and college friends. Jeanne was predeceased by her husband, Bigelow Crocker, Jr., her brother, Bill LaCroix and her sister, Ruth LaCroix Darling. She is survived by her 5 children, Susanne Richey, of Hamilton, and her husband Charles R. Richey, children Ashley and Dugan MacVaugh; John Todd Crocker, of Concord, and his wife Caroline Crocker, children Lee and John Crocker and Hope Stango; David Bigelow Crocker, of Santa Fe, NM, and his wife Katie Bell, children Jeanne-Arli and Alysia Crocker, Liam Bell; Martha Paine Crocker, of Big Sky, MT, and her husband, Thomas Leonard; and Lucy Crocker Abisalih, of Merrimac, and her husband, Thomas Abisalih, children Claire and William Abisalih. Jeanne is also survived by her two sisters Susanne Phippen and Edith Dabney, their husbands Richard Phippen and Lewis Dabney; and brother-in-law Nelson Darling. A service to celebrate her life will take place on Sunday, September 29 at 11:00 am at the Essex County Club in Manchester, MA. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Applewild School, 120 Prospect St. Fitchburg, MA 01420. To share a memory or offer a condolence visit: Concord Funeral Home Concord, MA 978/369-3388

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Published in Boston Globe from Sep. 26 to Sep. 27, 2013.
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March 2, 2016
Although it is a late condolence, I would like to extend mine to the Crocker family. I remember Jeanne as a benefactor of a program way back in the late 60's and early 70's. While LUK and the III Pyramids began their respective activist organizations. ( Still in operation today). Jeanne and "Big" were instrumental in an educational endeavor in the College Area of Fitchburg,Ma. Founded by Rev. Ed Vaeni and the Crockers (as far as I know) the idea was to offer a "free school" to youth who were thinking of dropping out as young as 14. The school eventually morphed into a "street academy" modeled after Harlem Prep. They purchased the old Jewish Community Center on Day St. to use for a school/community center. The center was named The Woodstock Street Academy. Jeanne was a very supportive, down to earth role model for our young staff. She was very encouraging to us and offered her support with hand written notes. She gave me hope as I went on to be founder of The College Area Summer Program, Woodstock Street Hockey League/Fitchburg Street Hockey League. These were the direct result of encouragement from Jeanne. Recently I found one of her hand written notes in an old file, which made me think of her kindness and support to the children of the Fitchburg State College Area.
Mike Baltier
April 17, 2014
Hi here is a little note to my dear grandmother, on my father's side.

You were an inspiration to live the life we had, the best way we could. You brought us into your arms when we needed it, and gave us a good pat on the back when we were down. I will always remember and love you. God bless you so much, and thanks again.
John L Crocker
October 5, 2013
A wonderful neighbor who will be missed dearly. Jay and Big were a treasure to the Cushing community and we were blessed to have had the as friends. Our sincerest sympathy to the Crocker family over their loss.
September 29, 2013
I distinctly remember first meeting Jeanne on the first day of school ,seventh grade year in 1935 or there a outs , when Shirley Amory said
"The most wonderful girl has just joined our Class.Come meet her. " and of course the wonderful girl was Jeannie LaCroix Who became a dear friend ascwellnas leader of our Class of 1941 at Beaver. Her warmth and kindness are qzualities that come to mind as well as her inclusiveness. A particular bond was our shared love of music and participation in Glee Club and orchestra she on clarinet. I especially remember her pleasure. In being babe to play the main theme from "Peter and the Wolf" . We shared this activity as classmates and housemates at Smith College as well. Treasured picture is of Jeannie, me, and others singing on the porch of our dormitory.
Her friendship has remained a bright light through out my life. I send sympathy and love to her family, particularly to Suzanne,Edith, and Nelson. Nancy Moore clariniatvSmithbCollegecwherevwevwere
Nancy Moore
September 26, 2013
It was a distinct and particular honor to have known and become deeply fond of Mrs. Crocker. My heartfelt sorrow is shared with her family as they celebrate her life, and grieve her loss. With deepest affection, Joanne MacInnis RN Aberdeen Home Care, Inc.
Joanne MacInnis
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